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COVID-19: Announcements, measures, and guidelines

Stay tuned for news releases to our community and information about the measures and guidelines in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.


June 1st, 2021

INRS anticipates an in-person autumn trimester without social distancing on all campuses

The Government of Quebec recently published public health guidelines for the return to school in the autumn and the upcoming shift to zone orange in all regions where INRS campuses are located. All key information concerning INRS activities is listed below.

Autumn trimester

As Minister Danielle McCann announced on Monday, May 31, all training and educational activities are expected to resume in person, without social distancing, for the autumn trimester. The easing of restrictions is nevertheless conditional on the existence of a stable epidemiological situation and a 75% full vaccination rate (two doses) for individuals between 16 and 29 years old. If this objective is not met, certain measures will be maintained, notably wearing a mask and social distancing (one metre).


We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated with the two required doses. For all questions concerning vaccination, please consult these frequently asked questions from the Quebec government (PDF). 

Shift to orange zone

Fieldwork that requires travel between regions may be undertaken provided governmental guidelines are followed. Laboratory research or internships that require the use of INRS facilities may continue provided that public health guidelines are followed, that is, social distancing of two metres and wearing a surgical mask.

For all other questions concerning international travel related to research or internships, please contact the management of your research centre.


The curfew has been lifted in all regions classified as being in the orange zone. Official authorization to move around campus buildings after curfew is no longer required.

Working from home and interregional travel

Working from home continues to be prioritized, even though non-essential travel is once again allowed in orange zone regions.

Before traveling to another zone, we suggest that you consult the public health measures in place in all regions of Quebec.

Wearing a mask

Wearing a surgical mask indoors continues to be mandatory for all members of the INRS community at all times on all campuses. You may only remove your mask to eat or drink or when you are alone in a room with the door closed.

We remind you that surgical masks are provided free of charge to all members of the INRS community at the entrance to all campuses.


If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact the management of your research centre or administrative unit. You can also consult the COVID-19 section of the INRS webpage or write to

The Chief Executive Office

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We all have good questions about vaccination

Consult the Quebec government’s frequently asked questions(PDF)

INRS is mobilized to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic

A committee has been set up to closely monitor developments. This committee communicates regularly and as soon as necessary the instructions, important information and preventive measures announced by the Quebec Ministry of Education and Higher Education and by Public Health.

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